Thursday Night Football Best Bets: Wager $20 On WFT -3.5, Win $200 If They Score a TD
NFL Week 2 kicks off with an NFC East showdown in just outside of the nation’s capital. Here are a few of our best bets for Thursday Night Football.. For more NFL betting tips, check out our TNF betting preview and Giants vs. Washington player prop bets.
Best Bets for Thursday Night Football
Washington -3.5, Bet $20 to Win $200 at PointsBet if WFT Scores a TD
By Matt Schmitto
This is a bit of a freebie but there’s no reason to keep it to myself. I like, don’t love, the Washington Football Team -3.5 in this Thursday Night Football matchup. Luckily at PointsBet, all Washington has to do is score a touchdown. With the lowest game total of week, maybe I shouldn’t count my chickens before they hatch. On the other hand, Taylor Heinicke has proven serviceable when he’s taken the field for the Washington Football Team, most recently completing 11-of-15 passes for 122 yards and a touchdown while filling in for an injured Ryan Fitzpatrick against the Chargers. Last season, the former Old Dominion quarterback and XFL reserve nearly led Washington to a playoff victory over the eventual Super Bowl champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Heinicke is also a threat with his legs. For a little more encouragement, check out Nick Galaida’s Giants vs. Washington preview (linked above) to see why he thinks these teams will indeed find the end zone Thursday night.
Sterling Shepard o55.5 receiving yards (-115), BetMGM
By Nick Galaida
In Week 1, Daniel Jones had a clear favorite target—Sterling Shepard. Shepard led the team with nine targets. He had seven receptions, which was three more than Golladay, who was second on the team with four catches. Shepard was also the only receiver for the Giants to eclipse 65 yards receiving—totaling 113 yards and a touchdown in the losing effort against the Denver Broncos.
On Thursday night, Shepard gets a favorable matchup against a Washington secondary that allowed 334 yards passing in Week 1. When he lines up in the slot, he will likely be shadowed by Kendall Fuller, who was unimpressive last week against the Los Angeles Chargers, and has not been much better than mediocre since his sensational 2017 season. When Shepard lines up out-wide, he will have a favorable matchup with either Benjamin St-Juste or William Jackson III. As the number one option on a team that is likely to throw the ball a lot on Thursday, Shepard should have a good chance to cash this over for bettors.
Dyami Brown 20-1, Taylor Heinicke 18-1 First Touchdown
By Matt Schmitto
Though you shouldn’t wager on these with any confidence, I absolutely love first touchdown bets. I call them the scratch-offs for NFL football, but unlike scratch-offs, you can occasionally find some value on first TD odds. Speaking of value, I think we have found some on rookie Dynami Brown +2000 to score the first touchdown tonight. In week 1, Brown actually ended the game with negative yardage. Despite the ugly debut, Brown was very clearly Washington’s no. 2 receiver. There’s no doubt he has the speed and explosiveness to turn a short reception into a touchdown play. I also don’t mind throwing a dart with Taylor Heinicke, who can tuck the ball and gain yards with his legs. He proved that against the Bucs in the playoffs when he rushed for 46 yards and a touchdown on six carries.
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